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[Lebanon] Al Jazeera - Syrians to face visa restrictions for Lebanon

3 January 2015

Following influx of more than one million refugees, Syrians will need visas to enter neighbouring country from Monday.

Lebanon is to impose visa restrictions on Syrians for the first time after being overwhelmed by an influx of more than 1.1 million refugees, according to documents published online.
The new regulations, posted on the website of the General Security agency, will come into effect on January 5 and lay out new visa categories, including for tourism and medical treatment.
This is the first time that Lebanon has required Syrians to apply for visas. Citizens of both countries have for decades been able to travel freely across their shared border.
The new rule is the latest in a series of measures taken by Lebanon to stem the influx of Syrians fleeing their country's brutal civil war.

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